I originate from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. I hold an AAS (2000), BFA (2009), PhD (2015) in Visual Communication. Since 2010, I have been living in Melbourne, Australia and a Design Lecturer (2010-2019) at Monash University in the faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (MADA).
My interdisciplinary creative practice, research and teaching covers multiple areas of expertise that include: analogue and digital image-making, photography, typography, identity and branding, composition and publication, artists’ books, design thinking and user experience, social design, narrative and storytelling, data visualization, event and exhibition planning, design studies.
Through material and digital-mediated ways of documenting and coding everyday lived experiences, I aim to generate new insights and create meaningful and authentic narratives that address issues that include: displacement, loss and healing, social and individual wellbeing, and gender equity to foster a sense of agency, belonging and inclusive [psychological, emotional and spatial] environments. From the materials and products we make, design, build and use; to the [physical and digital] spaces that we occupy; to the places we inhabit, through deep observation, I discover and uncover patterns to make connections that challenge the status quo to raise awareness about the above issues, expose inequities to provoke meaningful social and individual change.